Andy Flower has stepped down from his position as coach of the England Lions team and is also departing the ECB. The Zimbabwean has been working with the Lions for the last five-and-a-half years, having previously been part of the senior set-up, first acting as assistant to Peter Moores in 2007 before taking over as head coach in 2009.
During his time in charge, Flower led England to the top of the Test rankings, while he has also pointed to the 3-1 Ashes series success in Australia and winning the T20 World Cup as some of his most memorable moments. “The Ashes victory in 2010-11 stands out,” Flower was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “It’s difficult to win in Australia and to do it so comprehensively was a really proud moment in my coaching career.
“So was the T20 World Cup win in 2010. The way we played our cricket, with such freedom and aggression, really was fun to be part of.” England men’s cricket managing director Ashley Giles has been quick to pay tribute to Flower for the work he has carried out during his 12-year association with the ECB. He believes the 51-year-old will have continued success in whatever role he takes on next.
“Andy moves on with every best wish from all of us at ECB for his outstanding contribution to the English game over the last 12 years,” Giles added. “It has been a pleasure working with Andy, who sets such high standards of professionalism and preparation for the teams he leads. I have no doubt he will enjoy further success in the years to come.”